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Weekly Wrap Up- Swapping Sugar for Mushrooms in Chocolate

In my WWU (Weekly Wrap Up), I compile some of the latest trends in the food industry, breaking news and cool things of interest. It’s all about the baking, cooking and general shenanigans brought to you live from the world wide web.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Travel: The All Mighty Chocolate Cruise

Chocolate Journey

Photo: Princess Cruises

The world is officially a wonderful place. Not only can you take a cruise to one of your favorite glorious locations, but you can now do so while enjoying one of the earth’s most glorious creations — chocolate. Read more.


Tip: Use a Pillowcase to Dry Lettuce

Photo: TheKitchn

Photo: TheKitchn

Of all the random kitchen hacks, this may be one of the strangest – spin freshly washed greens in a pillowcase? Yes, it actually works. We now get save valuable space in our kitchen cupboards by tossing out that clunky salad spinner and breaking out and old pillowcase. Seems like a win to me. Read more.


Shenanigans: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Foil

Here’s Weird Al Yankovic with a parody of Lorde’s popular song ‘Royals.’ After wrapping your lunch in foil, “…eat it when you’re ready…. but maybe you’ll choose — you’ll choooooose — a refreshing herbal tea.” Watch now.


Science: Fermented Mushrooms Could Make Chocolate Less Bitter


Photo: libra2107

An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy. Does this statement excite you with the possibility of less sugar consumed, or make you wonder if you’ll end up with a schroom-y kimchi mess? Read more.


News: The “Coolest” Cooler

The Coolest cooler has almost $7 million dollars raised in Kickstarter funding with quite a few days left to go. It’s what one would call a viral fundraising effort all for people who are jonesing after the cooler of the future. Read more.


Product: Scoops Up

Photo: Tasting Table

Photo: Tasting Table

Ice cream scoops have come a long way since the early days. Now more ergonomically friendly, slightly warming, or just plain cool in design, these scoops desired to be learned about and used. Read more.


Entertainment: Best Food Movies to Stream on Netflix

Photo collage: The Kitchn

Photo collage: The Kitchn

Hankering for a weekend of cooking and lounging? Fire up your Netflix account (paid or borrowed) and drool over food, family and a chef’s life. Watch now.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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